Why Google Made the NSA by Nafeez Ahmed edited by O Society Jan 18, 2020 Enron and Pentagon war planning In February 2001, when Enron executives including Kenneth Lay began participating concertedly in the Cheney Energy Task Force, a classified National Security Council document instructed NSC staffers to work with the task force in “melding” previously separate … Continue reading How the CIA Made Google (part 3)
header image: 15-year-old Kayla Alford expelled from Kentucky Christian school for posting this photo of herself with rainbow birthday cake on Facebook by Julie Reshe edited by O Society Jan 15, 2020 I remember being depressed. It was a frightening state of mind that seemed to go on indefinitely. The very idea of waking up … Continue reading Depressive Realism
Consciousness is neither a spooky mystery nor an illusory belief. It’s a valid and causally efficacious biological reality by Massimo Pigliucci by O Society Jan 15, 2020 It is highly fashionable to label consciousness an ‘illusion’. This in turn fosters the impression, especially among the general public, that the way we normally think of our … Continue reading Consciousness is Real
https://youtu.be/QnxpHIl5Ynw Sean Illing interviews Suzanne Mettler edited by O Society Dec 22, 2019 “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” President Ronald Reagan uttered those words in his 1981 inaugural address to the country. He was referring specifically to the government’s role in helping bring the US out of … Continue reading Why do so many people who need the government hate it?
The bloodless exorbitance of the White House's Christmas stagecraft reveals a deeper truth about the presidential couple. by David Roth edited by O Society From one day to the next, the Trump presidency unfolds more or less like a normal Republican presidency—that is, by committing one determined act of rote negligence or flamboyant cruelty at … Continue reading A Unified Theory of the Trumps’ Creepy Aesthetic
by Christian Jarrett edited by O Society Dec 19, 2019 What strategies do you use to push through a tough challenge, be it a run on a treadmill or a stressful phone call with your boss? Perhaps you remind yourself of what you have to gain from completing the task, or you use distraction, or you … Continue reading Study Identifies The Most Effective Mental Strategies People Use To Get Through Aversive Challenges
by Jessica Riskin edited by O Society Dec 17, 2019 “Intellectuals hate reason,” “Progressives hate progress,” “War is peace,” “Freedom is slavery.” No, wait, those last two are from a different book, but it’s easy to get mixed up. Steven Pinker begins his latest — a manifesto inspirationally entitled Enlightenment Now — with a contrast … Continue reading Pinker’s Pollyanna Philosophy and Its Perfidious Politics